Veterans Day 2003
Message From the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Veterans Day is a solemn day to honor and recognize all who have served our Nation in war and in peace. This year, hundreds of thousands of our men and women in uniform and Department of Defense civilians have the distinction of serving in wartime. Counted among them is the largest number of reservists and guardsmen activated since the Korean War.
The War on Terrorism is like no other war we have ever fought and it is far from over. We will prevail, but it will require our patience, our full commitment, and the will to win against an enemy who tries to create fear and destroy freedom.
We have seen tremendous displays of courage, dedication and sacrifice to defeat the terrorists who are targeting the United States and our allies with hatred and intolerance. This tradition of outstanding service links this newest generation of Veterans to the lives and legacies of those who have served and defended our Nation with honor and dedication during previous times of threat.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff and I join our fellow Americans in paying tribute to all of our Veterans, the sacrifices they have made and the courage they have displayed in defending freedom and security around the world.
RICHARD B. MYERS
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff